Greek mythology, Hylas (Greek: "Ὕλας"') was the son of King Theiodamasof the Dryopians. Other sources such as Ovidstate that Hylas' father was Heraclesand his mother was the nymph Melite, or that his mother was the wife of Theiodamus, whose adulterous affair with Heracles caused the war between him and her husband. He gained his beauty from his divine mother and his military prowess from his demigodfather.
After Heracles killed Theiodamus in battle for his son, Hylas, he took the boy on as arms bearer, and taught him to be a warrior.
Heracles took Hylas with him on the
Argo, making him one of the Argonauts. Hylas was kidnapped by the nymph of the spring of Pegae, ( Dryope), that fell in love with him in Mysiaand vanished without a trace (Apollonius Rhodios). This upset Heracles greatly, so he along with Polyphemus (not the cyclops with the same name) searched for a long time. The ship set sail without them. They never found Hylas because he had fallen in love with the nymphs and remained "to share their power and their love." ( Gaius Valerius Flaccus, " Argonautica")
"Hylas" is also the name of one of the two characters in
George Berkeley's " Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous". He represents the materialist position against which Berkeley (through Philonous) argues. In this context, the name is derived from ύλη, the classical Greek term for "matter."
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* [http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Three_Dialogues_Between_Hylas_and_Philonous Berkeley's "Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous"]
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